Clothing and textile recycling

Textiles and clothing cannot be placed in Waverley’s kerbside recycling bins. Instead, consider diverting these items from landfill one of the following ways:

Resell, swap or donate good condition clothing

Create an online listing to swap or sell

Consider giving away or reselling clothing on Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree. Check Eventbrite for local swap events.

Donate clean items for reuse or resale

Charitable organisations and community groups may provide clothing directly to those in need, or they may resell donated clothing to fund their programs. Some clothing collection businesses may operate a for-profit model. Always check that they will accept the specific items you have for donation. Learn more at the links below:

  • Vinnies shops resell good used condition clothing and housewares to fund their programs.
  • Salvos Stores resell donated goods to help fund their services and activities.
  • The Wayside Chapel operates community service centre and outreach programs. They accept clothing for direct donation or resale in their op shops.
  • Dress For Success and Fitted For Work help dress disadvantaged women with professional attire so that they can find work.
  • Shoes For Planet Earth distributes reused running shoes to those in need around the world.
  • Uplift Bras collects new and second-hand bras and sends them wherever needed.
  • The Uniform Exchange provides a free community website to promote uniform reuse for every school in Australia.
  • www.givenow.com.au is a searchable directory of organisations who collect clothing.
  • Red Cross shops sell new and used clothing to raise funds to help those in need.

What to do with damaged or unsellable clothing and textiles

Retailer reuse and recovery programs

  • H&M and Zara have garment collection programs for used clothes from any fashion label in any condition, which they reuse or recycle.
  • Sheridan accepts used sheets and towels (any brand) at Sheridan Boutiques, Studios or Outlet stores.
  • Manrags accepts used socks by post to be sorted for cleaning and reuse, or recycling.

Find a local upcycler

Boomerang Bags may accept your old textiles to upcycle into reusable tote bags. Find your nearest group.

Waverley apartment building textile recovery trial

Waverley Council is trailing a textile recovery program to divert old clothing and linens from landfill in apartment buildings with more than 20 units. There is no cost to the building. If you’d like your building to take part, email environment@waverley.nsw.gov.au with the building address, number of apartments and main contact person.